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Stonewall Jackson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1186 students

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Posted September 19, 2013

I have my second child now in this school. We are in the third week and my child has already been assigned 2 time consuming projects (not including the Science project they have to do every year). It appears to me that some teachers seem to assign a lot of projects, so they do not have to teach. When they claim that they will have time in school to work on them, that is usually not the case. Most of these projects take up a lot of family time at home, and not to mention the money that parents have to constantly have to put out for them. Our children should not have to go to school all day and spend the rest of their evening, as well as the weekends working on school work. There are few teachers that can manage to teach within their classrooms and give a reasonable amount of homework, while others seem to want to send work home for the parents to help deal with. If you can not do your job, then find another career. We should not have to do your job for you! For the parents and students, plan on not having much of a life outside of school from September to June. I am so glad to have one child out of this school and I look forward to the day when my other child is out of there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

My daughter has just finished 3 years at SJMS. While she has encountered some GREAT teachers along the way she has also encountered a majority of the teaching staff that seemed a bit more interested in just how popular they are than teaching school. There are some older tenured teachers there collecting paychecks and that's about it! Communication is great with some teachers are very poor with others. The rules regarding the dress codes are not enforced for all fairly. The behavioral issues are the same - enforced for some and not others. The office staff is one of the rudest group of women that I have yet to encounter in a public school system. The TeacherEase and BlackBoard tools are not used regularly by all teachers. Whilst the Principal is a very nice lady I do not believe she has much structure in place nor does she have a staff that respects her. I am glad that these three years are over!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

My child just completed three years at SJMS, after years in private school. The transition was at times challenging, but I feel the administration and staff were wonderful. The teachers were caring and seemed invested in helping him live up to his potential. Most went over and beyond the call of duty. The only negative experience I had was with the teacher who is in charge of the homework club, she seemed annoyed by the students. SJMS has the hardest working principal around. She was always responsive and helpful whenever I contacted her. She attended many after school activities. More than once, I have seen her carrying an umbrella walking students to the car line. I found her consistently competent, responsive, kind, and pragmatic. My experience with the other administrators, including Ms. Pike was very good. I was always impressed at how the staff knew most t students by name and even many of the parents. I could not have asked for better teachers; they were terrific. Tina Miller in the office is a great resource with a friendly, professional and calming style. Every staff person who was a constant in my child's life was excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2011

I have attended my sixth grade in SJMS last year. Some of the teachers were very strict and gave us work to do without directions or explanation, and some of the other teachers were amazing. It is very old and run down, and has some issues with crowding. Another issue is that the education opportunities are very scarce. The only advanced class they offered was in math, and it also offered a GT class, but the GT class would take up one of your electives. On the bright side, the gym teachers are great and offer many different sports. Also, SJ offers a great variety of electives from enviromental science, to art, and tokeyboarding. This school is very close knit and together. It;s like a family!(:


Posted May 31, 2009

My years at SJ has really helped me make friends for example im on the Track team and we work toghether so much the coaches are great and they helped me set a 5:59 mile! The teachers are also Awsome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

i am going into eighth grade at stonewall jackson middle school. i thought that my years have been great at sjms. though i have had some teachers that made me cringe at the name, i also had some great teachers that taught me more than the ciriculum.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2008

Well i am an 8th grade student at stonewall jackson mddle school ive been here for three years and its the one of the worst schools ever. Major population problem bout 50 kids in one gym class each class has 25 to 30 students. On the plus side there are some relly good teacher i know this year espically i di have had some relly supportive teacher. THe amenstration though is relly terrible.; Princpal is uun
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2007

My experience with this school with 3 children who are above grade level and one with an IEP is mixed. The school is much more difficult than their previous school, however there is a serious population problem. The problem with population issues are special needs children will not get adequate attention, the counselors and the nurses and the teachers are overwhelmed with additional students and responsibility hence affecting their ability to properly identify and assist children with learning issues, or advanced needs. They are simply too busy. When we have had problems, getting the teacher to communicate takes time.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 74% in 2013.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
96%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 75% in 2013.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 71% in 2013.

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 70% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students79%
Female students84%
Male students74%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial55%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students78%
Female students82%
Male students73%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial50%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students79%
Female students83%
Male students75%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students69%
Female students70%
Male students68%
Black students42%
Asian students90%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students69%
Female students75%
Male students65%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

English: Writing

All Students64%
Female students71%
Male students58%
Black students47%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

Math

All Students60%
Female students65%
Male students55%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students61%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

Science

All Students81%
Female students77%
Male students84%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students97%
Female students97%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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8021 Lee Davis Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Phone: (804) 723-2260

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